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Harvard Radcliffe Institute is a cross-disciplinary laboratory of ideas that brings together students, scholars, and practitioners to engage with issues that can only be fully understood by drawing on research from across the humanities, sciences, social sciences, arts, and professions.

The Institute is unique among Harvard schools: Although we do not award degrees, we offer unparalleled opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students. Harvard Radcliffe Institute provides learning and research experiences that are difficult to find in a traditional classroom setting. Radcliffe students work directly with our fellows and faculty, providing unique opportunities for mentorship, and they work across departmental boundaries, connecting with peers across the University. Harvard Radcliffe Institute enriches the Harvard student experience by fostering interdisciplinary, engaged scholarship focused on the most pressing issues of our time.

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Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships provide funding to Harvard undergraduates to do research in the Schlesinger Library's collections. Harvard Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library is committed to supporting students to pursue their own research. Applications are currently being accepted. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

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Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internships

The Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI) program matches Harvard students with community organizations, based largely in the greater Boston area, for paid spring term internships. The program aims to foster community engagement by providing experiential learning opportunities to students that have real-world impact, while building new, meaningful relationships among community-based organizations, Harvard students, and the Institute. Applications for spring 2022 CBSI’s are due by noon ET on Monday, December 13, 2021.

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Call for Student Art Submissions

The Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery is issuing a call for student art submissions to support a virtual walking tour. We encourage submissions that reflect student perspectives and connect to the history of slavery and the African American experience at Harvard. This opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a Harvard degree program. Submissions are due at 5 PM ET on December 15, 2021.

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Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships

Carol K. Pforzheimer Student Fellowships provide funding to Harvard undergraduates to do research in the Schlesinger Library's collections. Harvard Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library is committed to supporting students to pursue their own research. Applications are currently being accepted. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 27, 2022.

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Radcliffe Research Partnerships

The Radcliffe Research Partnership (RRP) program matches Harvard College students with Radcliffe fellows in a research and mentorship program. Fellows act as mentors, while students provide research assistance, acquire valuable research skills, and participate in the Institute's rich intellectual life.

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Open Opportunities for Harvard Graduate Students

Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internships

The Radcliffe Community-Based Student Internship (CBSI) program matches Harvard students with community organizations, based largely in the greater Boston area, for paid spring term internships. The program aims to foster community engagement by providing experiential learning opportunities to students that have real-world impact, while building new, meaningful relationships among community-based organizations, Harvard students, and the Institute. Applications for spring 2022 CBSI’s are due by noon ET on Monday, December 13, 2021.

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Call for Student Art Submissions

The Presidential Initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery is issuing a call for student art submissions to support a virtual walking tour. We encourage submissions that reflect student perspectives and connect to the history of slavery and the African American experience at Harvard. This opportunity is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a Harvard degree program. Submissions are due at 5 PM ET on December 15, 2021.

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Graduate Student Fellowships

PhD candidates at all Harvard faculties who plan to finish writing their dissertation in 2022–2023 are invited to apply. Graduate student fellows participate in the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program by attending all weekly fellows' talks and lunches and are invited, though not required, to present their own work in a talk to the fellows. Applications are due on February 11, 2022.

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Mira Nair is a celebrated Indian American filmmaker best known for such feature films as Mississippi Masala, The Namesake, and the award-winning Monsoon Wedding. Now, this Harvard-Radcliffe alumna’s papers—which also include memorabilia like the film slate pictured here—are housed in our Schlesinger Library. “The acquisition of Mira Nair’s papers at the Schlesinger Library is a signal event for Asian American and Asian diasporic studies at Harvard,” says Durba Mitra, a Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at Radcliffe and an assistant professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “Nair is a visionary auteur, a groundbreaking woman director who has helped us empathize with complicated people across the world who dream and love in the face impossible conditions of displacement and exclusion. … Her papers illuminate her powerful life and work across South Asia, Africa, and the United States. This collection will bring scholars and students interested in everything from Asian American Studies to feminist filmmaking to the Schlesinger from Harvard and around the world.”  The papers are currently being processed, so stay tuned for when they will be available for research.

#SchlesingerLibrary #MiraNair #AsianAmerican #SouthAsian #Asiandiaspora #archives #research #film #feminism #filmmaking #DurbaMitra
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Earlier this month, our Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America welcomed Petrina D. Jackson as its next Lia Gelin Poorvu Executive Director. She brings a deep subject-area expertise and a record of transformative leadership in many facets of special collections work. Jackson has also curated physical and virtual exhibitions on a variety of subjects in American history and offered undergraduate and graduate courses on subjects related to her library work, including ethics and diversity in special collections and museums.    In addition to her work connecting special collections to new campus constituencies through innovative collaborations, Jackson has assumed numerous positions of leadership in the world of archives and libraries more broadly. Her depth of insight, her commitment to access, and her passion for elevating and developing staff excellence will be an asset to the Library and Institute at large. “As a strong believer in an intellectually engaged library that is central to the life and learning of a university, I embrace the mission and work of the Schlesinger Library and Harvard Radcliffe Institute,” she says.   Born in Ohio, Jackson completed her undergraduate studies in English at the University of Toledo and received an MA in English from Iowa State, where she studied Black women writers in the 19th century. She earned her MLIS from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.  

#libraries #specialcollections #archives #leadership #americanhistory #innovation #collaboration #executivedirector #PetrinaJackson #SchlesingerLibrary #RadcliffeInstitute #Harvard #HRI
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In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Harvard Radcliffe Institute celebrates the perseverance, art, and culture of our Indigenous communities. In the spring of 2016, Radcliffe hosted an exhibition by Matika Wilbur, titled Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women, that featured photography centering the lived reality of Indigenous American women across generations. As of now, Wilbur is the only Indigenous photographer who has been granted access to all Native American territories in the United States. Seeds of Culture was a collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program. Here, some installation views. 📷 Kevin Grady/Harvard Radcliffe Institute Image #1: Matika Wilbur, a Native American photographer, standing in exhibit Image #2: Four images from Seeds of Culture exhibit on wall featuring Indigenous American women across generations Image #3: Collage of Matika Wilbur’s photographs organized in staircase form Image #4: Indigenous woman smiling in traditional clothing with hands outstretched at her sides Image #5: Pregnant Indigenous woman holding young child

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NativeAmerican #Native #IndigenousAmerican #Nativeart #Nativeculture #Nativewomen #MatikaWilbur #Project562 #exhibition #HarvardUniversityNativeAmericanProgram #RadcliffeInstitute #Harvard #HRI
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